Press Releases

The below list includes BJC press releases and links to press coverage of BJC.

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2017

Wednesday 15th February 2017
Lifetime weight gain linked to oesophageal and stomach cancers
People who are overweight in their twenties and become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop oesophageal or upper stomach cancer.
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Wednesday 18th January 2017
Sun exposure at work could lead to one skin cancer death a week
Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week.
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2016

Wednesday 12th October 2016
Annual UK cancer cases set to soar to half a million in less than 20 years
Five hundred thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK by 2035 if trends continue, according to a Cancer Research UK study.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016
Low cancer symptom awareness linked to lower chance of survival
In regions where cancer survival is poorer, people on average have lower awareness of cancer symptoms.
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1 in 5 emergency bowel cancer patients had symptoms before diagnosis
Around one in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed after an emergency presentation have displayed at least one cancer 'alarm symptom' leading up to diagnosis.
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Friday 16 September 2016
More than two-thirds of cervical cancer deaths prevented by screening
A Cancer Research UK study has found that cervical screening prevents 70 per cent of cervical cancer deaths and if all eligible women regularly attended screening this would rise to 83 per cent.
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Wednesday 24 August 2016
Scientists discover drug combination slows lung cancer cell growth
Scientists have shown that a drug combination slows cancer cell growth in a type of non-small cell lung cancer when tested in the lab.
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Wednesday 10 August 2016
Dundee research explains drug resistance in ovarian cancer
Scientists in Dundee have uncovered important information about how ovarian cancer becomes resistant to certain treatments, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Wednesday 10th August 2016).
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Wednesday 29 June 2016
Tailored health campaigns could help ethnic groups spot cancer symptoms earlier
Developing campaigns that are relevant to different cultures is vital to make sure more people from all ethnic groups get cancer symptoms checked out early.
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Wednesday 30th March 2016
Reminder letter encourages more people to take bowel scope screening test
Jogging the memory with a reminder letter to those who don't respond to their bowel scope screening invitation could mean more people would take the test
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Wednesday 2 March 2016
Ethnic minority women more likely to believe that cancer is deadly and down to fate
Women from ethnic minorities in the UK are more likely to believe that cancer is incurable and is down to fate than their white counterparts.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Backing from their GP could lead thousands more to take bowel cancer test
Almost 40,000 more people might take a bowel cancer test in England each year if the letter inviting them to do so was endorsed by their GP.
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2015

Tuesday 15 December 2015
Healthcare staff think gay and bisexual men should be given HPV jab
Around two-thirds of professionals who work in sexual health think the human papillomavirus (HPV) jab should be given to men who have sex with men.
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Wednesday 5 August 2015
England still struggling to close the gap in cancer survival
Cancer survival in England remains lower than countries with similar healthcare systems, according to a new Cancer Research UK funded study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 27 May 2015
Eating a Mediterranean diet could cut womb cancer risk
Women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery.
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Thursday 19 March 2015
Text message reminders boost breast cancer screening attendance
Women who received a text message reminding them about their breast cancer screening appointment were 20 per cent more likely to attend than those who were not texted, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Predicted deaths of young women with breast cancer underestimated by a quarter
An online computer programme that helps to predict the most suitable treatment for breast cancer has been found to underestimate the number of women under 40 who will die from the disease by 25 per cent, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Tuesday 10 February 2015
Ninety per cent approve of cancer screening but screening uptake is lower
Nine in 10 people think that cancer screening is 'almost always a good idea' despite the fact that screening uptake is lower, a Cancer Research UK study* British Journal of Cancer shows.
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Thursday 5 February 2015
Overweight children may be at higher risk of oesophageal cancer as adults
Overweight children may be at higher risk of oesophageal (gullet) cancer when they grow up than their slimmer friends, according to research published this week in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 4 February 2015
1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer
One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to the most accurate forecast to date from Cancer Research UK, and published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 7 January 2015
More than a third of people with abnormal results drop out of bowel cancer screening
Almost 40 per cent of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening tests and are referred for further investigation ignore their next screening invitation two years later, according to a Cancer Research UK study* published today in the British Journal of Cancer.
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2014

Wednesday 3 December 2014
Thousands more people get urgent lung cancer tests thanks to cough campaign
Following a campaign urging people with a persistent cough to visit their doctor, there has been a surge of lung cancers diagnosed at an early enough stage for the patients to receive surgery which could be curative.
More than 3,000* extra referrals were made by GPs according to an analysis of the campaign results led by Cancer Research UK published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 24 September 2014
Bowel cancer patients may do better if diagnosed through screening
Although bowel cancer screening usually detects cancer at an earlier stage, new research indicates that when screening detects a late stage cancer patients may be more likely to survive than those whose late stage cancer is only diagnosed after developing symptoms. The study* published today (Wednesday) in the British Journal of Cancer.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
Step towards breath test for lung cancer
Subtle genetic changes can be detected in the vapour given off by cells engineered to mimic the early stages of lung cancer, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Friday 29 August 2014
Some women still don't understand 'overdiagnosis' risk in breast screening
A third of women who are given information about the chance of 'overdiagnosis' through the NHS breast screening programme may not fully understand the risks involved, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 30 July 2014
Manchester scientists pinpoint bladder cancer patients who could benefit from 'tumour-softening' treatment
Scientists in Manchester have identified a protein that could help doctors decide which bladder cancer patients would benefit from a treatment that makes radiotherapy more effective, according to a study* published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 23 July 2014
No increased risk of cancer near Sellafield or Dounreay in recent years
Children, teenagers and young adults living near Sellafield or Dounreay since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Friday 28 March 2014
Organic food doesn’t lower overall cancer risk
Women who always or mostly eat organic foods are no less likely to develop cancer than women who eat a more conventional diet, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
New evidence links smoking to postmenopausal breast cancer risk
Postmenopausal women who smoke or have smoked in the past may have an increased risk of breast cancer compared with women who have never smoked according to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
Tumour protein predicts response to chemo in oesophageal cancer patients
Patients with the most common type of oesophageal cancer are less likely to respond to chemotherapy when their tumours are high in a protein called leptin, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Friday 7 February 2014
Overhead powerlines do not raise leukaemia risk in children
Children who live near overhead power lines in early life do not have a greater risk of developing childhood leukaemia, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 5 February 2014
Cancer patients diagnosed more quickly
The time taken to diagnose some of the more common cancers – from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their general practitioner (GP) – fell in adults by an average of five days in just under a decade, according to research* published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 8 January 2014
Ethnic differences in breast cancer rates linked to lifestyle
Differences in lifestyle and reproductive factors are the main reasons behind lower breast cancer rates in South Asian and black women, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Wednesday).
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2013

Friday 29 November 2013
Urine test could help detect aggressive bladder cancer
A simple urine test could distinguish between aggressive and less aggressive bladder cancers according to a new Cancer Research UK study published in the British Journal of Cancer
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Wednesday 23 October 2013
Young black women less likely to survive breast cancer
Britons want a recommendation from the NHS on whether to attend Young black women in the UK diagnosed with breast cancer aged 40 or younger have poorer overall survival than white women in the same age group, according to a Cancer Research UK study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 16 October 2013
Care after treatment is ‘letting down’ men with prostate cancer
More than 8 in 10 men living with prostate cancer may not be getting the nursing care they need to prevent possible psychological and sexual problems following treatment, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Friday 13 September 2013
Nuclear power plants do not raise risk of leukaemia in children
Young children who live near nuclear power plants do not have a greater risk of developing childhood leukaemia or non-Hodgkin Lymphoma according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Friday).
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Cancer patients want more say in treatment decisions
Cancer patients under 55 want more of a say in the decisions made about their treatment, according to new research being published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Beta-blockers may boost chemo effect in childhood cancer
BETA-BLOCKERS, normally used for high blood pressure, could enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapies in treating neuroblastoma, a type of children’s cancer, according to a new study* published in the British Journal of Cancer, today (Wednesday).
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Cancer survivors need more support to stop smoking and drinking
Cancer survivors are no more likely to stop smoking, cut down on alcohol, or exercise more often than the general population, according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer today* (Wednesday).
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Wednesday 20 March 2013
Family history of bowel cancer increases odds of survival
A new study that combines genetic information on bowel cancer with NHS patient outcome data has found a link between family history of the disease and a better chance of survival, published in the British Journal of Cancer.
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2012

Wednesday 5 December 2012
Britons want bowel cancer screening recommendation
Britons want a recommendation from the NHS on whether to attend bowel cancer screening, along with all the information on benefits and risks, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today.
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Friday, 21 September 2012

Nearly one in three cancers in elderly are diagnosed as emergency admission to hospital
Almost a third (31 per cent) of cancers in the over 70s – around 38,300 a year in England – are diagnosed through emergency admission to hospital, according to new research* by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), published today (Friday) in the British Journal of Cancer (BJC)
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